Robert A. Schemmel

Robert Schemmel

Title: Electronics Engineering Technician
Company: Wrightspeed
Location: San Jose, California, United States

Robert A. Schemmel, Electronics Engineering Technician at Wrightspeed, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements and leadership in electronics engineering.

Mr. Schemmel transitioned into his career in electronics after working as a line cook for more than a decade. Since 2019, he has worked as an electronics engineering technician for Wrightspeed, which develops electric vehicle powertrains, and he previously held positions at Google, Apple and Tesla, Inc. From 2012 to 2016, he served as a power electronics research, development and production technician at Varentec, and he additionally held numerous positions at Xyratex Ltd., Magellan GPS and Joslyn Electronic Systems Co. LLC, among others. Mr. Schemmel was listed in the second volume of “Who’s Who in Technology Today” in 1980, and he attributes his success to his humility, hunger for work and consistent commitment to being the hardest worker in the room.

Prior to his professional pursuits, Mr. Schemmel attended the DeVry Institute of America, now DeVry University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering technology in 1995. He holds a small crane certification, in addition to the IPC WHMA-A-620 and IPC J-STD-001 certifications. From 1969 to 1971, he served in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of a sergeant before his honorable discharge. He holds a patent for a computerized training target for martial arts, which was granted in 1978, and recalls working on a challenging project for a complex flying saucer special effect lighting controller. He designed and built a machine with more than 30 timing circuits controlling nearly 100 neon segments, which he used to create the illusion of rotating rings, a feat he considers to be a highlight of his career. In the coming years, Mr. Schemmel would like to be working for a company that develops robots.

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